Where did 48 points come from, New York Jets?

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With Monday night’s doubleheader still pending, the first week of the NFL season is in the books and to say it was a most interesting week would be something of an understatement.

A modern era record five rookie quarterbacks started opening week games with one of them engineering a major upset. Two other rookie QBs nearly led their teams to victories. And two others endured 20 point defeats.

But perhaps the most remarkable story of the opening week involved a team scoring the most points in a week one game in nearly a decade. Back in 2003 San Francisco rolled Chicago 49-7. This past Sunday saw a team that could not find the end zone during the preseason even with the help of the most advanced GPS technology, the New York Jets, scored early and often en route to a 48-28 rout of AFC East Division rival Buffalo.

The Bills have been a chic pick to make the playoffs this season after more than a decade’s absence. And there’s plenty of football still to be played. But the much ballyhooed Buffalo defense showed that it takes time for all their new personnel to gel. And perhaps the Jets just have Buffalo’s number as the win was their sixth straight over the Bills.

As to the rookie quarterback it was not the No. 1 draft choice, Andrew Luck, who led his team to victory in his debut. Rather it was the second QB chosen, Robert Griffin III, who led his Washington Redskins to a very impressive 40-32 win in New Orleans – where the Saints were unbeaten last season – in a wire to wire win.

Luck, along with Miami’s Ryan Tannehill, suffered a one sided loss as his Colts lost by 20 to Chicago, the same margin by which the Dolphins lost to Houston.

Cleveland rookie QB Brandon Weeden saw his team squander a late lead in a 17-16 loss to heavily favored Philadelphia while Seattle rookie QB Russell Wilson nearly led his team to a last second TD win but fell short in a 20-16 loss at Division rival Arizona.

Week 1 generally provides many more questions than it does answers and some of those questions may be answered in Week 2.

As a general rule we do not want to overreact to what we saw last. At the same time we don’t want to fail to react either.

Here’s a preview of Week 2 games.

Thursday, Sept. 13

Bears +5½ at Packers (49½): The gap between these long time rivals has narrowed, but the preference is still to side with the Packers as they seek to avoid a second straight home loss. Chicago QB Jay Cutler is still prone to mistakes and we should see a much better effort from the Green Bay here. PACKERS.

Sunday, Sept. 16

Bucs +7½ at Giants (44): This becomes an important game for the defending Super Bowl champs who seek to avoid an 0-2 start with both losses at home. Tampa played an efficient game in defeating Carolina but face a much stiffer test here. New York has the more mature offense and is capable of extending late. GIANTS.

Cards +13½ at Patriots: (48): Arizona may well start Kevin Kolb at QB after starter John Skelton was injured. West Coast teams traveling east have often had trouble with the early starts and it’s questionable if the rather pedestrian Arizona offense can trade points. Laying double digits hazardous against a decent defense. UNDER.

Vikings -1 at Colts (43½): QB Andrew Luck makes his regular season home debut for the Colts and seeks to rebound from the rude welcome to the NFL he received last week in Chicago. Minnesota struggled and needed OT to get past weak Jacksonville. Indy should show steady improvement and this is very winnable. COLTS.

Saints -2½ at Panthers (50½): Both of these NFC South rivals lost as favorites last week and the loser of this game falls to 0-2. Carolina’s rushing game (13 yards on 10 rushes) was abysmal in the loss at Tampa Bay. The Saints appear to be the team more likely to rebound from a subpar effort and worth backing laying a FG or less. SAINTS.

Chiefs +3½ at Bills (44½): Both teams lost as short underdogs last week. Both offenses appear capable of both big plays and time consuming drives. Neither defense distinguished itself last week. Buffalo’s running game was dealt a blow with an injury to RB Fred Jackson that could lead to a greater emphasis on passing. OVER.

Ravens +3 at Eagles (44): Baltimore’s defense is aggressive, which could be both a benefit and a hindrance. The Philly defense intercepted Cleveland rookie QB Weeden four times which also kept scoring down. Both of these offenses are capable of finishing off drives with touchdowns or field goals. OVER.

Raiders -3 at Dolphins (40½): Oakland has a shortened work week and is another West Coast team heading east for an early starting game. They are the more talented team but are in a negative situation. This could be one of Miami’s few favorable spots and chances to win a game this season, making the points worth taking. DOLPHINS.

Browns +7 at Bengals (40½): Cleveland’s decent defense will be their strength as the offense figures to struggle with limited talent. The Bengals also have a solid defense in addition to a balanced offense. It’s hard to back the Browns even as big divisional underdogs. Expect the defenses to outperform the offenses. UNDER.

Texans -7½ at Jaguars (41½): Houston won both games last season, by 10 and 6 points. The Jags have more areas in which to improve over their opening week effort and RB Maurice Jones-Drew should be more effective after ending his holdout just a week prior to their opening game. JAGUARS.

Cowboys -3 at Seahawks (42½): Dallas has extra rest. Seattle played well in defeat in Arizona as rookie QB Russell Wilson showed poise and nearly led the Seahawks to a last second game winning TD. Seattle strong at home and there is concern about Dallas’ ability to string together back to back strong efforts. SEAHAWKS.

Redskins -3 at Rams (45½): Washington did very little wrong in its impressive upset of New Orleans and has a chance to start 2-0 with a pair of road wins. Both offenses are capable of big plays and we should see plenty of points in what could be a shootout. OVER.

Jets +6½ at Steelers (41½): The Jets shocked almost everyone with their 48 point outburst against Buffalo. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger tossed a late interception that was returned for a touchdown to cement Denver’s 31-19 win. Steelers aware of what the Jets plan to do with Sanchez/Tebow combo. STEELERS.

Titans +5 at Chargers (44½): The Titans should be concerned with their running game after rushing for just 20 yards on 16 carries against the Pats. The Chargers have a huge edge at QB with Philip Rivers against the still inexperienced Jake Locker. Barring major injuries on Monday night, the spot is favorable for the hosts. CHARGERS.

Lions +6½ at 49ers (46½): The 49ers have the more disciplined defense. QB Alex Smith manages the 49ers offense well and has a solid group of receivers in addition to a solid ground game. Laying close to a TD is not an overreaction to last week. Niners appear to have just continued from where they left off last season. 49ERS.

Monday, Sept. 17

Broncos +3 at Falcons (51): Peyton Manning fared well in his Denver debut, but now takes to the road with his new teammates. In what could be a very high scoring game the Falcons’ better balance rates the edge as Atlanta QB Matt Ryan is every bit as capable as Manning in making the big play and has the better set of receivers. FALCONS.

Andy Iskoe and his Logical Approach is one of the most popular statistical breakdowns in sports betting. Andy is also a longtime baseball and football columnist at GT. Contact Andy at Andy­[email protected]

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